Crohn’s Disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system or gut.
Crohn’s can affect any part of the gut, though the most common area affected is the end of the ileum (the last part of the small intestine), or the colon.
However, the condition can also affect other areas of the body, including joints and even liver conditions.
Ulcerative colitis is another example of inflammatory bowel disease – which causes condition that causes inflammation and ulceration of the inner lining of the rectum and colon (the large bowel).
In ulcerative colitis, tiny ulcers develop on the surface of the lining and these may bleed and produce pus.
To mark World IBD day today – May 19 – Experts said a generation of individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are experiencing embarrassment due to a lack of public understanding.
Figures revealed by the charity show 48 per cent of people diagnosed under the age of 30 experience isolation and loneliness, and 53 per cent lack the confidence to disclose their disease.
They also found the condition is causing under 30s to feel embarrassed – 34 per cent – and isolated – 48 per cent when it comes to disclosing their disease and symptoms.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease not only causes physical pain, with 59 per cent of under 30s citing mental distress as being an ongoing symptom.
Kisty Gibson was diagnosed at the age of six and has spent 20 years coping with the condition – which she said can take a toll on her mental health too.
She has serious symptoms including joint problems, bad eyesight, drowsiness from her medication and an associated liver condition.
Kirsty often has had to cancel social plans at short notice which makes her feel guilty.
Last minute plans also make her feel anxious as she may not have access to a toilet.
“My friends sometimes like to do things last minute; however that often increases my anxiety, particularly if it’s a new location as I may not know where the nearest toilet is, which then leads to…